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From: "Jakub Grajciar -X (jgrajcia - PANTHEON TECH SRO at Cisco)" <jgrajcia@cisco.com>
To: Honnappa Nagarahalli <Honnappa.Nagarahalli@arm.com>,
	Phil Yang <Phil.Yang@arm.com>, "dev@dpdk.org" <dev@dpdk.org>
Cc: Ruifeng Wang <Ruifeng.Wang@arm.com>, nd <nd@arm.com>, nd <nd@arm.com>
Subject: Re: [dpdk-dev] [PATCH] net/memif: relax barrier for zero copy path
Date: Mon, 21 Sep 2020 09:03:38 +0000
Message-ID: <BYAPR11MB357473BBBD50761A5A2CB14ADF3A0@BYAPR11MB3574.namprd11.prod.outlook.com> (raw)
In-Reply-To: <DBAPR08MB58147786175DFB215241EF2B983F0@DBAPR08MB5814.eurprd08.prod.outlook.com>

Hi Honnappa,

Inline comments...

> -----Original Message-----
> From: Honnappa Nagarahalli <Honnappa.Nagarahalli@arm.com>
> Sent: Saturday, September 19, 2020 12:49 AM
> To: Phil Yang <Phil.Yang@arm.com>; Jakub Grajciar -X (jgrajcia - PANTHEON
> TECH SRO at Cisco) <jgrajcia@cisco.com>; dev@dpdk.org
> Cc: Ruifeng Wang <Ruifeng.Wang@arm.com>; nd <nd@arm.com>; Honnappa
> Nagarahalli <Honnappa.Nagarahalli@arm.com>; nd <nd@arm.com>
> Subject: RE: [PATCH] net/memif: relax barrier for zero copy path
> 
> Hi Jakub,
> 	I am trying to review this patch. I am having difficulty in understanding
> the implementation for the queue/ring, appreciate if you could help me
> understand the logic.

'ring' refers to a ring buffer holding packet descriptors. These descriptors hold metadata about the packet (packet buffer address, length, etc..).
'queues' are a representation of rings and buffers  (+ some metadata). In more detail, one ring (S2M) and packet buffers allocated for this ring would be represented as 'tx queue' for the slave and 'rx queue' for the master.

> 
> 1) The S2M queues - are used to send packets from slave to master. My
> understanding is that, the slave thread would call 'eth_memif_tx_zc' and the
> master thread would call 'eth_memif_rx_zc'. Is this correct?
> 2) The M2S queues - are used to send packets from master to slave. Here the
> slave thread would call 'eth_memif_rx_zc' and the master thread would call
> 'eth_memif_tx_zc'. Is this correct?

This is inded correct.

> 
> Thank you,
> Honnappa
> 
> > -----Original Message-----
> > From: Phil Yang <phil.yang@arm.com>
> > Sent: Friday, September 11, 2020 12:38 AM
> > To: jgrajcia@cisco.com; dev@dpdk.org
> > Cc: Honnappa Nagarahalli <Honnappa.Nagarahalli@arm.com>; Ruifeng Wang
> > <Ruifeng.Wang@arm.com>; nd <nd@arm.com>
> > Subject: [PATCH] net/memif: relax barrier for zero copy path
> >
> > Using 'rte_mb' to synchronize the shared ring head/tail between
> > producer and consumer will stall the pipeline and damage performance
> > on the weak memory model platforms, such like aarch64.
> >
> > Relax the expensive barrier with c11 atomic with explicit memory
> > ordering can improve 3.6% performance on throughput.

My question here is: `rte_mb` is supposed to make sure that head/tail pointer are not updated before the packets are written into shared memory. Does the atomic ensures that the packets are written into shared memory before head/tail pointers are updated?

  reply	other threads:[~2020-09-21  9:03 UTC|newest]

Thread overview: 8+ messages / expand[flat|nested]  mbox.gz  Atom feed  top
2020-09-11  5:38 Phil Yang
2020-09-18 11:58 ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-09-18 22:49 ` Honnappa Nagarahalli
2020-09-21  9:03   ` Jakub Grajciar -X (jgrajcia - PANTHEON TECH SRO at Cisco) [this message]
2020-09-21 10:22     ` Phil Yang
2020-09-21 12:21       ` Jakub Grajciar -X (jgrajcia - PANTHEON TECH SRO at Cisco)
2020-09-21 13:27         ` Ferruh Yigit
2020-09-21 19:28     ` Honnappa Nagarahalli

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